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Dear Manchester City Council,

Please could you provide me with the risk assessments, road safety audits and designs for the Grosvenor Street works that have recently been undertaken. I am particularly interested in this from a cyclists perspective when travelling eastbound.

Yours faithfully,

Barry Norton

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Norton
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: HWY/BECAZM
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 22 July 2019.
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Ian Halton, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr Norton,
Please find attached a response to your recent FOI.
Kind regards
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Ian Halton
Head of Design, Commissioning & PMO
5th Floor Bridgewater House
Whitworth Street
Manchester 
M1 6LT
email [1][email address]
[2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Ian Halton,

Many thanks for your prompt reply. You mention in your response that the works were renewals and a like for like replacement - this is not the case, the road markings have changed significantly to the detriment of cyclist safety. I would be grateful if you could confirm:

1. Does changing road markings / road layout come under the definition of routine maintenance / renewals.
2. That no risk assessment had been undertaken for the changing of the road markings.

As a cyclist this stretch of road has always been of concern and the recent degradation of provision is something which could have serious consequences.

Yours sincerely,

Barry Norton

Ian Halton, Manchester City Council

I am out of the office until Thursday 8th August so I will respond
upon my return. Kind regards

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Ian Halton
Head of Design, Commissioning & PMO
5th Floor Bridgewater House
Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6LT
[mobile number]
email [email address]

www.manchester.gov.uk

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Ian Halton, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Norton,
In answer to your two questions I respond as follows:-
1. Does changing road markings / road layout come under the definition of
routine maintenance / renewals. No it doesn't.
2. That no risk assessment had been undertaken for the changing of the
road markings. I am being told that team who undertook the resurfacing
work that they have not changed the road markings and as stated previously
have merely replaced like with like.
Unfortunately I have no way of proving they are wrong as they are the team
that actually deliver the works on the ground so it is their
responsibility to make sure they are correct.
Kind regards,
   

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Dear Ian Halton,

Many thanks for your response.

I am concerned as to your response to my second question considering you are the Highway Authority and your responsibilities under the Highways Act. I have photographs of the markings both before and after the works were undertaken and will send these to you as a separate email however please respond to this email address. My specific safety concerns are around:

a. the removal of the markings delineating the edge of the cycle lane / the angled parking spaces. This was already dangerous to eastbound cyclists as vehicles pull out only expecting traffic to be travelling westbound.

b. the removal of the markings where the cycle lane joins the otherwise one-way street - as a cyclist this involves joining the road cycling into oncoming traffic which has just rounded a bend, quite frankly this is dangerous and many cyclists opt to cycle on the pavement. This is clearer in the photographs.

c. the removal of the green pavement denoting the cycle lanes.

With this additional information I would be grateful if you could urgently review the works that have been undertaken here and ensure that as a minimum original markings are put back.

I would like to reference Highways England's IAN 195/16 as this provides a number of options that could make cycling on this route safer and more desirable at minimal additional costs while other works are undertaken.

I look forward to your response

Yours sincerely,

Barry Norton

Ian Halton, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Norton,
Humble apologies as my Delivery team have misinformed me. 
Having shared your images I am now informed that the road markings haven't
been completed yet. Although the recent bad weather hasn't caused too much
disruption in terms of laying blacktop materials, it has caused a lot more
disruption in the relaying of the carriageway markings. The contractor has
been instructed to catch up as soon as they can.
I am very sorry for misinforming you in the first instance.
Kind regards

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